GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- One in seven people in Mesa County are considered food insecure. That means, for them, often times, they don’t know where their next meal will come from. It’s the reason a statewide group was in Grand Junction today.
Last year, the state of Colorado released the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, but it is up to local communities to decide what steps they are going to take to see this plan through.
Officials say that food needs in Mesa County are high, with around 14 percent of people who don't know where their next meal is coming from. And by partnering with local organizations, they hope to provide healthy and fresh food to those in need.
"I think it's so important because it's an issue that shouldn't exist. Particularly in such a resource state and country. And so, the fact that one in ten Coloradoans are struggling with hunger is something that we should be ashamed by,” says Blueprint to End Hunger Erin Ulric.
Among the group of people who met today were officials from Mesa County Public Health, CSU, Lunch Lizard, and local food banks.